Lightning Hits Plane at Fort Lauderdale Airport

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014  |  Updated 9:25 PM EDT
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Lightning Hits Plane at Fort Lauderdale Airport

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A Delta Airlines plane was struck by lightning at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Thursday evening while two workers stood nearby, an airport official said, as heavy thunderstorms rolled through South Florida.

The Broward County Sheriff Fire/Rescue said the workers felt a jolt. One of the workers complained of a headache and was taken to Broward Health. The other worker complained of arm pain and was checked out on the scene, but not taken to a hospital.

FLL's Greg Meyer said the plane is out of service until it can be safely examined and inspected before it returns to service.

The storms also delayed at least a dozen arrivals and more than 50 departures at the Fort Lauderdale airport. Miami International Airport reported less than 10 cancelled arrivals and just 3 cancelled departures due to the weather.

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